From day one in my preparedness journey, I have been enamored with paracord. I carry it with me at all times, in the form of a key ring, bracelet, lanyard for my emergency whistle, and as a leash for my dog. This stuff is really strong and has so many uses that I stopped counting long ago.
Most of my paracord do-dads have been purchased, but a couple of years ago I learned paracord braiding myself, and even with my not-so-nimble-anymore fingers, did a darn fine job creating paracord bracelets. A 100 foot hank of paracord will cost you less than $10, so why not learn to craft paracord items yourself?
Today I introduce the next book in Prepper Book Festival #13, Crafting With Paracord by Chad Poole. And what better way to demonstrate what it is all about then to include the chapter on creating your own, DIY bracelet. Not only that, I have three copies of Chad’s book up for grabs in a giveaway.
Let’s get started!
An Excerpt from CRAFTING WITH PARACORD: The Solomon Bar
If you’ve seen a paracord bracelet on the Internet or for sale at a store, more than likely the design was a Solomon Bar. While it’s known by many names like Cobra Braid, Macramé Bar, or Portuguese Sinnet, it’s tied the same way by using a series of left and right half knots.
1. Start by cutting two strands of paracord, one short strand (about 2 feet long) that will form the red core of the bar, and one long strand (about 6 feet long) for the gray outer knotted section. The finished bracelet will be about 7 inches long.
2. Find the middle of both strands. Keep the red core strand on the right.
3. Bring the left strand of the longer gray cord over both red strands and underneath the right gray strand.
4. Bring the right gray strand underneath both red strands and over the left gray strand.
5. Pull on the left and right gray strands to tighten; this forms the first half knot.
6. Bring the right gray strand over the red strands and underneath the left gray strand.
7. Bring the left gray strand underneath the red strands and over the right gray strand.
8. Pull on the left and right strands to tighten; this forms the second half knot.
9. Bring the left gray strand over the red strands and underneath the right gray strand. Bring the right gray strand underneath the red strands and over the gray strand.
10. Pull on the left and right gray strands to tighten; this forms the third half knot. Keep tying using the same technique to form the half knots until you reach the desired length.
11. Tie an Overhand Knot (see below) using the remainder of the core strands.
12. Finish the design by cutting the remainder of excess cord and melting the end with a lighter.
That’s it. It take just a wee bit of practice to get the hang of braiding paracord but, once it is mastered, it is very easy to do!
Three copies of Crafting With Paracord have been reserved for this newest Book Festival Giveaway.
A special word about the giveaway question/comment: Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”. This week’s question is:
What is your favorite use for paracord or other cordage?
The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.
The Final Word
At the onset, I mentioned that paracord was so darn useful that I carry it will me at all times. If you are not familiar with this multi-tasker, what are you waiting for? Go get some!
Additional Reading: 44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival
For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.
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Spotlight: Crafting With Paracord
Incredibly strong, spectacular in its colors and amazingly versatile, paracord is the ideal material for crafting stylish and functional items. Using easy-to-follow, step-by-step photos, this full-color guide shows how to master dozens of projects, including:
• Braids for fun bracelets and watchbands
• Weaves for one-of-a-kind leashes and luggage straps
• Wraps for tough knife and flashlight handles
• Knots for decorative lanyards and clasps
• Bars for handy ropes and key chains
Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #13 plus a link where you can purchase paracord from Amazon.com.
Paracord Planet Mil-Spec Commercial Grade 550lb Type III Nylon Paracord: An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States. Note that some colors may be more expensive than others. Need ideas? See 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.
Non Fiction Books
Made From Scratch Life
A Prepper’s Guide to Life after the Crash
Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals
Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare
The Urban Farmer
Power From the Sun
Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
Crafting With Paracord
Neighborhood Emergency Response
Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition
Prepper’s Water Survival Guide (Encore)
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